It's Book Hooks Wednesday! Yay! And I'm sharing an excerpt from my new spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference, the sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding. Past Interference is part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," and is not being sold separately.
What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Two, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is six days away from getting married again, and her doubts are eating her alive. After suffering through a bout of stress-related migraines, she's finally gotten up enough courage to tell her husband-to-be that she's not sure she wants to get married. Jerry knows Elly is nervous, but believed he'd managed to convince her he is nothing at all like her first husband, Arthur, who abused her. Unfortunately, he's beginning to realize Elly's past may just ruin their future together, so he insists they sit down and discuss what's bothering her.
Sighing, Elly trudged into the living room and took a seat, pulling her knees up to her chin. Jerry returned a few minutes later with two white pills and some water. She swallowed the tablets without comment, then lowering her legs; she set the empty glass on the low table before them.
He gave her a single nod, sat beside her, and swiveled his body to face her. “Now, tell me what’s wrong.”
Angling her body so their knees almost touched, she admitted, “I keep thinking about Arthur.”
“What about him?”
“That he didn’t really change until after we got married.” Jerry stiffened and she placed a hand on his thigh. “I realize you two are nothing alike, and my fears are ridiculous… It’s just… I was wondering why we couldn’t simply continue as we’re doing. We love each other, so it’s not essential we make our relationship legally binding, is it?”
M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.
Valentine's Day in Corbin's Bend. As Elly Benson readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage.
Though she's lived with Jerry Douglas for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, Elly's first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, until the day she vowed to love, honor and obey him. The lessons she's learned from the past make her doubt she can ever find happiness in the future.
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